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Published October 20, 2005

LibriVox recording of Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates the monster who has no name in the book. Rejected by society, the Monster vows revenge on his creator.
(Summary written by Gesine)

Note: Audio files were volume adjusted and re-uploaded May 3, 2010.

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Source LibriVox recording of Gutenberg e-text #84
Run time 8:14:41
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Reviewer: librivoxbooks - - June 6, 2015
Subject: Missing sentences corrected last week
Original comment from April 2012: The missing sentences in Chapter 6 (section 5) were corrected last week.

This was only the 7th LibriVox recording. If the criticism had been so harsh then, the readers might have given up, and not gone on to offer you over 5000 more FREE audiobooks. If this version does not please you, there are now two others... or come and record one yourself.

UPDATED 6th June 2015. There are now FIVE English versions of this book in the LibriVox catalogue. This one was completed nearly 10 years ago - only 2 months after LibriVox came into being. Microphones and software have come on a long way since then. I will see if modern techniques can make any improvement in the audio quality.
Reviewer: clarkfk - - June 4, 2015
Subject: I just have to...
I'm sorry, but I really just have to reiterate how atrocious this particular compilation is. The volume levels are completely inconsistent. Two of the readers had to constantly correct themselves; one could not make it more than a few sentences, the other would actually restart entire sentences on occasion (this made things confusing as you were apt to think, "did I not just hear this?") Several of the readers had unnatural pauses. Some sounded like they were drinking on occasion, or too close to the microphone. But the worst was the reader who started every sentence - every sentence, mind you! - at a loud volume and then tapered off to almost silence.

This compilation has (along with the last Librivox I downloaded) pretty much ruined the experience for me. It certainly ruined the book for me.

I understand, and appreciate, the quirks associated with volunteer work and free products. But that does not mean the quality has to suffer. Looking just at free computer software, I can think of dozens of completely free applications which are very high quality.

Personally, I would think it would behoove an organization trying to promote free audio literature to make sure their products are up to snuff. This one is not. It should be removed, which is a shame because a few of the readers were actually quite good.
Reviewer: enquico - - April 12, 2015
Subject: About your work
Muchísimas gracias por vuestro trabajo!
Reviewer: 1D_5SOS_TheVamps - - October 26, 2014
Subject: put emotion into it
i am reading this for an english class. the audiobook helps me study however, this audiobook is not the best one. the readers of this book are mostly monotone which causes me to fall asleep. i would like for you to put emotion in this. act like this writing is your own. also you are lacking the natural gaps in the writing. it sounds like they don't understand the book themselves. it is as if this is their first time reading this. they need to read faster and slower and raise your voice in the questions like a first grade teacher. this would make this audiobook more beneficial for young readers such as i.
Reviewer: Giulio Tallarico - - February 24, 2014
Subject: FREE
You guys are soooooo mean! These audiobooks are FREE ... hang on I'll say it again F_R_E_E ... FREE!!! Don't be so judgemental! LibriVox/Archive, you guys are great!!! Awesome job! Thanks for all your hard work, helped me get through this tough book for school :)
Reviewer: steph_kris - - April 18, 2012
Subject: Great recordings, incorrect summary
I use the recordings in my high school classroom. My students enjoy listening to someone other than me reading the novel. I love that the recordings are free and easily accessible. However, your summary is incorrect and needs changing. The creature is not called Frankenstein; Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who creates the being. The person who wrote the summary has clearly only seen the movie and not read the book. You have great materials, so I would like to see you correct this error to improve your credibility.
Reviewer: Sweetsugarjay - - April 16, 2012
as the first person said in chapter 6 they are missing some sentences.. && the reader in chapter 23 is horrible! he stutters and reads slow as a snail moves !
Reviewer: ForgottenRainbows - - March 26, 2012
Subject: Missing paragraphs?
I enjoy most of the readers, some could be better. But Chapter 6 is not the full chapter. It starts three paragraphs in, I know that isn't much but it is still missing a part of the chapter that could be extremely important. You will miss that if you are not reading along with the recording.
Reviewer: luludiego - - January 6, 2012
Subject: horrible reader
I am listening to Frankenstein. Chapter 12. The reader for this chapter and various others is the WORST reader I have ever heard. She makes tons of mistakes and constantly fumbles the words! It is very irritating to hear. The others that read this book are terrific. The best is the man with the deep voice.

PLEASE delete this reader and replace with another. I am going to volunteer to read soon. I was a voice over for many years. Listening to a book loaded with fumbling words is extremely annoying. If you have not heard this, please take a listen. You won't want to listen for long.

Thank you.
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